Looking forward to a great 2017, Sergio Silva winds up 2016 with a fun run in New York City
Race Recap from Coach Jo Spindler:
Traditionally some of my athletes use the last day of the year to find a nice ending to their season while running a New Year’s Eve run. All of them did me really proud:
Peter Seidel ran on a local New Year’s eve run 30 seconds faster than one year ago and placed 2nd over all. That’s a good sign for the upcoming season where he really wants to show that he can compete with the strong guys in the professional circle.
Jenny Schulz put the hammer down, running herself into a podium place in a strong field with many specialized runners. They are still not sure how long it was: either 9,6kms or 9,8kms because every watch says something different. But what we can say is that she was running decent speed! With a fabulous time of 35:05mins she proved again that she belongs to the fastest triathlon runners on the circuit.
Joachim Reiter was asking me a few days ago if it is worth to run a New Year’s run. Over the past weeks he was very depressed because he lost his beloved dog which joined almost 15 years of his life. However, I insisted on the race and indded, he launched his first and only New Year’s Eve rocket with a new PB of 39:50 in a 10km run. That’s one thing where a coach good for: he forces you out of your lows.
The last run of the year ended up with a 3rd place for Steffi Jansen. She and her friends of the PTSV Aachener Team used the day to come together and say Good Bye to the old year in the real athlete style. After almost 5 months of no racing Steffi is really happy that her legs can still race a 38:36mins on the 10kms.
Race Recap from Coach Mateo Mercur:
On New Year’s Eve, Ollie Saxon ran the Cusa del Nassos in Barcelona, Spain. It was a long way from his home in Northern England, but it has become a family tradition and a great way to ring in the new year. Start time is 5:30pm as the sun sets over the Mediterranean for the final time of the year. Runners make their way along the waterfront for the first 3k and then turn in toward Barcelona as darkness replaces twilight. Racers and revelers are then treated to a laser show in the final kilometer.
Ollie ran a personal best on the course by over three minutes, outpacing his goal time by nearly a minute. After the race it was tapas with the family to close out 2016 and ring in 2017. Well done Ollie, 2017 is off to a great start. Now it’s on to your swim block!
Race Recap from Coach Michelle Barnes:
Jacqui Saxon finished off 2016 with a 10 km in Barcelona. Jacqui’s goal for this race is to have her best 10 km since her ACL reconstruction in 2015 & she smashed it. Jacqui went 4 and 7 min faster that the other 10 km runs she completed in 2016, such a great way to finish 2016 and start a new year! Jacqui is in a great place now to smash some new goals for this coming year, can’t wait to see where we go in 2017 🙂
Race Recap from Coach Edith Niederfriniger:
Just prior to Christmas I had 3 athletes race in half marathons, just for training:
Alina Losurdo and Serena Pruzzo raced the half marathon in Pisa (Italy): For serena new PB in 1:43.20 and Alina made pace maker for her friend and finished in 2:06.
Martina Dogana at Cittadella half marathon (Italy) participated to commemorate Enrico Busatto, an italian triathlete, who passed away during this year. Together with her friend Maggie she finished easy in 1:40.
Race Recap from Coach Lisbeth Kristensen:
On the 31st of December, Arnaud Margot ran the Zurich marathon starting at midnight! He ran 3:01:48 and for a little bit, he had the 7th fastest time in the world for 2017!
He ran a very well disposed marathon, it was 4 laps and he ran: 46:39, 46:00, 45:11 and 43:52
Which gave him a total time of 3:01:48 and this was off one week of Xmas holiday in New York, Arnaud only got back home on the 30th!
Due to some tibia problems on both legs, Arnaud had a few easier weeks of run training just before the race, otherwise I’m sure that he would have gone under the 3 hour mark! A great way to start 2017! Well done Arnaud 🙂
Congratulations to all our athletes competing this weekend.